Users wary of security in driverless cars as autonomous driving lurches forward

  • Posted by admin on May 18, 2017

A quarter of UK respondents believe driverless cars will become the dominant form of transport over the next decade, according to a new study from Gemalto.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, of more than 2,000 consumers, argued that cost efficiency was the primary driver when taking a connected car on lease, cited by 34% of respondents, ahead of ease in manoeuvring the vehicle (31%) and secure Wi-Fi access (28%).

Many advanced features such as automotive grade secure wireless module can be installed in the cars, allowing communication with traffic management and road infrastructure systems. These systems provide consumers with information on live traffic updates, road tolls, road safety or emergencies and also suggestion on parking places. Apart from these features, 59% were interested in getting real-time traffic updates.

Other important features respondents are looking for includes theft protection (58%), receiving parking space information (54%), access to accurate maps (49%), biometric authentication to unlock their car (33%) and personalisation and enhancements in car features through software updates (25%).

In spite of these benefits, 64% of consumers are wary of their safety in driverless cars. 34% of consumers are apprehensive of their cars getting hacked, losing control and causing accidents. Moreover, for 9% of consumers data privacy is of major concern. They want their car manufacturers to handle their data collected via connected cars to be secured.

Car manufacturers, in order to gain consumers’ trust, must embrace a multi-layer security-by-design approach. PKI infrastructure, key management services and identity issuance should be utilised to secure the car, its firmware and software applications. High-speed data encryption technology needs to be used at all times to lay at rest data privacy concerns. 

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